Kate Garraway, 53, has given fans further insight into her husband Derek Draper’s heartbreaking battle with COVID-19. The Good Morning Britain presenter has now revealed in her new book about her family’s ordeal, The Power of Hope, that scans of her other half’s brain showed “fluffy white clouds floating in the top part of his head”.
The scans sparked a great deal of concern from Derek’s doctors.
Kate explained medics had initially feared the “clouds” were clots or bleeds on the brain, which can happen when a patient is on an ECMO, a machine that oxygenates the blood, bypassing the lungs and heart.
Doctors found that Derek had suffered a small bleed on his brain, but they informed Kate that the clouds on the scan signified inflammation on the brain.
Kate explained in her book: “This, they told me, was a unique historical event, a one-off splurge of inflammation, and the fact that it showed up in some form on the earlier CT scans from back in April meant it happened right at the start when Derek was first on ECMO.”
Kate was then told that Derek’s ability to move could have been affected if the infection reached his spinal cord or brain stem, which it fortunately didn’t.
The dad-of-two’s team of doctors told Kate they hadn’t yet seen inflammation on the brain as a result of Covid.
However, they revealed that other medics in Europe had noticed similar cases in Covid patients.
The significant health complications that Derek faced prompted medics to warn the GMB host that they couldn’t rule out him “never recovering”.
Despite the breakthrough moment for the family, the former lobbyist has not regained his speech and requires constant care.
Derek has been branded the most unwell patient to have survived the virus after he was rushed to intensive care with breathing difficulties in March 2020.
Kate recently revealed that despite his struggles, Derek can say some words, but is yet to be able to hold a full conversation.
During an appearance on This Morning, Kate said: “For a long period, he was in the induced coma and then in the middle of the summer last year they realised that he was just in a coma and he couldn’t wake up.
“And then there was a huge period through the autumn of hoping and trying to get some response – and now, you know, there are things that he does that are miraculous.”
The mum-of-two admitted that while the Draper-Garraway family have now reunited at home, family life has become a “different life”.
She added: “He needs 24-hour care and not even care that I could do.”
The broadcaster went on to say: “He remembers extraordinary things, he’s saying some words – but it’s definitely not a conversation.
“He’s physically very changed, everything has to be done for him.”